Michelangelo Buonarroti

(1475-1564 / Italy)

Xxxvii. _Perhaps To Vittoria Colonna._ - Poem by Michelangelo Buonarroti


S' alcun legato è pur.

He who is bound by some great benefit,
As to be raised from death to life again,
How shall he recompense that gift, or gain
Freedom from servitude so infinite?
Yet if 'twere possible to pay the debt,
He'd lose that kindness which we entertain
For those who serve us well; since it is plain
That kindness needs some boon to quicken it.
Wherefore, O lady, to maintain thy grace,
So far above my fortune, what I bring
Is rather thanklessness than courtesy:
For if both met as equals face to face,
She whom I love could not be called my king;-
There is no lordship in equality.

Comments about Xxxvii. _Perhaps To Vittoria Colonna._ by Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/3/2016 2:54:00 PM)

    Michelangelo Buonarroti - Rime
    160. S'alcun legato è pur dal piacer molto

    S’alcun legato è pur dal piacer molto,
    come da morte altrui tornare in vita,
    qual cosa è che po’ paghi tanta aita,
    che renda il debitor libero e sciolto?
    E se pur fusse, ne sarebbe tolto5
    il soprastar d’una mercé infinita
    al ben servito, onde sarie ’mpedita
    da l’incontro servire, a quella volto.
    Dunche, per tener alta vostra grazia,
    donna, sopra ’l mie stato, in me sol bramo10
    ingratitudin più che cortesia:
    ché dove l’un dell’altro al par si sazia,
    non mi sare’ signor quel che tant’amo:
    ché ’n parità non cape signoria.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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